Community Resilience

JP Corry

JP Corry is a leading builders merchants supplying building materials to the trade, self-build, DIY and architectural markets. Employing 262 people locally, JP Corry is in its third century of trading in Northern Ireland, offering a range of heavy building construction materials and timber, hardware, landscaping products, insulation and bespoke joinery solutions. JP Corry is part of Saint-Gobain UK & Ireland’s Building Distribution network.

Background

JP Corry is dedicated to playing a large a part in Saint-Gobain’s overall CSR strategy and focuses on three main pillars of supporting and developing its people; caring for the environment it operates in; and connecting with its communities and supporting their economic development.

What JP Corry did

JP Corry has cultivated a ‘people first’ culture. Through engaging with staff, it knows that they feel it is important to work for a business that acts responsibly and contributes positively to the local community.

Through JP Corry’s Together Programme, it has partnered with Barnardos NI to support young people at care leaving age. Keen to go beyond fundraising, JP Corry has also offered mentoring opportunities with its senior management team. Fundraising events include annual golf competitions, bowling nights, football competitions and charity auctions.

JP Corry’s Springfield Road, Coleraine and Derry-Londonderry branches have all been equipped with defibrillators which local communities can use during a medical emergency. The branch in Derry recently supported a local flood victim by providing new flooring.

JP Corry’s HR department regularly offer skills workshops, interview advice, placements and back to work schemes to local unemployed people.

JP Corry is also proud to enable staff to volunteer throughout the year for actions days like Give & Gain Day and Be a Saint Day.

In line with its policy to donate discounted lines of stock, JP Corry recently donated 40 high visibility jackets to St Aidan’s High School in Derrylin. Other partnerships have seen JP Corry sponsoring football kits and donating materials.

Impacts and Outcomes

  • £17k on average raised by employees
  • Three defibrillators installed at branches and made available to the public in both rural and urban areas
  • £2000+ materials donated to social enterprises/organisations with a social purpose
  • 32 days volunteering donated to worthy causes
  • Multiple donations of safety wear to primary schools
  • 83 gifts collected at Christmas for “Cash for Kids”
  • Multiple sponsorships and donations at branch level to local associations and sports teams

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